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Deadline extended! Submit your entry before the 24th July 2017

Browse the Award Categories below and use the links to submit your entry online.

All Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 15th October in Cannes.

The award categories

Pay TV initiative of the year

What was formerly a straightforward matter of aggregating content and selling it for a monthly fee is now a multifaceted business spanning content creation, linear channels, on-demand services, interactive content, OTT and TV Everywhere, all delivered via a user experience that is compelling enough to incentivise viewers to keep on signing up. DTVE recognises the most innovative pay TV proposition of the year.

OTT TV Service of the Year

OTT services delivered from the cloud are now providing compelling user experiences that are giving traditional pay TV a run for its money. With the OTT TV Initiative of the Year award, DTVE recognises the year’s most innovative and appealing cloud TV service or technology.

Channel of the Year

Despite the buzz around cord cutting and migration of viewing to video-on-demand, the linear TV channel is alive and well, and consumers still appreciate scheduling and content values associated with their favourite channel brands. In honouring the Channel of the Year, DTVE recognises the international channel that demonstrated the most outstanding creativity and originality over the last 12 months.

Virtual Reality Initiative of the Year

Virtual Reality is the technology everybody is talking about. VR holds the potential to deliver a truly transformative video experience, immersing the viewer and making content something that is experienced rather than simply watched. This award will go to a ground-breaking initiative that has brought Virtual Reality video closer to becoming a part of the overall video entertainment experience.

Advanced TV Innovation of the Year

Technologies that change the way people use and view TV are immensely powerful tools for TV operators and content providers as well as for consumers themselves. The Advanced TV Innovation award will go to a technology or service that has delivered a new and better form of TV experience – whether by enabling viewers to view content in new ways, by overcoming a technical or commercial challenge in bringing new services to market or delivering a measurable improvement in the overall quality of a service.

The multiscreen TV Award

The big screen in the living room no longer stands alone. More and more people want to view content on tablets and smartphones, and pay TV operators around the world are stepping up to the challenge. With the multiscreen TV award, DTVE pays tribute to the most innovative, intuitive and compelling multiscreen service.

UHD Initiative of the Year

Ultra high-definition TV is the latest big innovation in the viewing experience, but which international companies are riding the 4K wave with conviction? Whether it takes the form of a new channel, on-demand service or pioneering effort in content creation, DTVE’s 4K initiative of the year pays tribute to the most exciting use of 4K.

Best New Venture *NEW*

From producers, to distributors to channel operators and TV technology firms, which new entrant came into the market most effectively in the past 18 months. The Best New Venture Award recognises the achievements of the new player that has made the most impact.

Lifetime Achievement Award *NEW*

Success is hard-won in the TV world. Repeated success is even harder. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an outstanding individual who has achieved the rare distinction of delivering, inspiring or executing innovation time and again over the course of their career.

OTT TV Technology of the Year

The cloud, CDNs, IP, adaptive bit-rate encoding, the UX, live-streaming, TV Everywhere. The technological complexity of delivering a compelling, secure, high-value OTT TV service can be overwhelming. This award recognises a technology or technical innovation that has helped solve some of the key problems associated with OTT delivery or has made a great experience even more attractive to consumers.

The YouTube Award *NEW*

Winning the loyalty of Millennials and digital natives is the challenge currently preoccupying the TV world more than any other. The YouTube Award will go to a company or organisation that has successfully gained – and retained – the attention of the digital generation through a YouTube-delivered service or content.

The Social Engagement Award *NEW*

Engaging with young audiences is a huge challenge for broadcasters and content providers – and Snapchat and Instagram are the new frontier for TV distribution and marketing. The Social Engagement Award will go to the most innovative use of social networks as a vehicle for TV over the last year.

Next Gen Advertising Award *NEW*

With linear TV viewing facing a long-term decline, the lifeblood of free TV – advertising – is under threat. But broadcasters and brands are working hard to experiment with and deploy targeting, personalisation, branded content and interactive campaigns. The Next Gen Advertising Award goes to the most outstanding advertising or marketing innovation that is helping to reinvent advertising for the digital age. 

The UX Award *NEW*

With content now coming from multiple sources, intuitive and appealing tools to navigate and discover it are increasingly at a premium – to broadcasters and service providers seeking to differentiate their offerings and promote content, and to consumers in need of help to navigate a bewildering array of choices.  The UX Award goes to most compelling innovation in the TV user experience of the past year.

Best Series Launch of the Year

As channels seek to stand out from the crowd with original programming and big-ticket acquisitions, often launching across several territories at once, DTVE awards the series that launched with the most buzz and which created the greatest ratings, marketing and social media impact.

Breakout International Drama

As the golden age of drama continues, we recognise the scripted series that has created the greatest impact around the world.

Best Distribution Initiative

With so many programmes on the market, just having a great show isn’t enough to cut through. This award celebrates the most innovative and creative strategies distribution companies have dreamt up to present their content to the international market.

Factual TV Project of the Year *NEW*

What was the outstanding international factual project of the last twelve months? Which show worked at home and then became a hit in international markets, which project was the most talked about?

International Content Leader of the Year *NEW*

With competition stronger than ever, producers, distributors, broadcasters and digital video platforms are reliant on best-in-class leaders to drive their strategies towards innovation and revenues. This award recognises those individuals who make a difference to both their companies and the wider international content business.

Entertainment Format of the Year *NEW*

Broadcasters still want big entertainment shows for their primetime schedules. Which format cut through last year to become a global success? Whether a shiny-floor entertainment show, a structured reality hit, a gameshow or an ob-doc that got remade in local markets, what was the standout international format of the past 12 months?

Standout Kids TV Service *NEW*

In a cluttered market, which kids TV channel or digital platform stood head and shoulder above the rest in the past twelve months? Did one of the existing kids nets have a stellar year with their core service or a new initiative, or did a new player shake-up the market with a new offering.